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Holding a Paintbrush
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Welcome to
I have over 20 years of experience as:
Coach & mentor
Freelance workshop leader for all ages
Freelance arts project facilitator
Working to commission on pet portraiture since 1997
Artist Talks and demonstrations



Personal Statement

Since receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts I have been driven to support artists and their place in society.  I have over 20 years experience providing the best experiences for artists and communities through working in galleries, local authorities and national art charities.  I am a natural problem solver and provide positive outcomes that inspire motivate and are strategically aligning with the needs of the sector.  Three main areas I focus my professional career on: commercial sustainability of creative businesses through training and networking events; enabling artists to grow in confidence, take risks and thrive through coaching, CPD and creative development and instigating quality public interventions through experiential engagement, exhibitions and events. 


I count my greatest achievements the successful planning, organisation, and programme management within complex and stimulating arts organisations. My consistent track record of and commitment to providing opportunities and support for artists has been showcased by all my jobs.


I have the ability to manage a large team, and I pride myself of testimony of my management and leadership capabilities with positive feedback from my teams, colleagues and peers through all of my career on being energetic, creative thinker that is patient and supportive. Through my generous mind set, my mission is to empower people to be the best they can be; take risks and thrive through confidence of their own creativity; share their learning and experience to ensure the security and importance of arts in our education and national agenda. 



2023                                     Thinking Environment trained Facilitator

2000 - 2001                          Business Studies, Guildford College

1995 – 1998                         The University of Northumbria at Newcastle BA (Hons) Fine Art

1994-1995                            Wimbledon School of Art, London, BTEC in Foundation Studies


Professional practice current roles

present  founder of Creative Business Growth, a business to support creative businesses 

from April 2019   Trustee of New Ashgate Gallery 

from April 2020   Advisor to Radcliffe Trust

from 2021            Mentor for Arts Emergency

Freelance Arts project manager, coach and business trainer since 2001

Artist working to commission since 1997

recent past roles

2016 - 2023          Head of Craft Business Skills, Crafts Council UK

2014 – 2015         Director, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (maternity cover)

2014                     Guildford Borough Council, Arts Projects Officer

2012 – 2013         Guildford Borough Council Arts Officer (maternity cover)

2005 – 2013         Surrey County Council Visual Arts Officer (job share)

2005 – 2013         Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) Coordinator


Crafts Council Directory

Printmakers Council

Saatchi Art Online


2014                       1 week etching residency, Trefeglwys Print Studio, Wales

2013-4                   15 month artist in residence, Ochre Print Studio, Guildford


Most Recent exhibitions

2023       Winter Collection, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2023       RBSA Summer Exhibition, Birmingham

2021       Surrey Artists Open Studios, Tilthams Farm     

2019       Winter Collection, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2016       Surrey Artists Open Studios, Tilthams Farm

2015       Horses in Art, selected mixed exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2015       50:50, selected anniversary exhibition, Printmakers Council, New Ashgate Gallery

2014       Art in the City, Painters Fine Art Society, Painters Hall, London

2014       Selected for CYMK, Printmakers Council exhibition at the Pie Factory in Margate

2014       Ochre Originals, selected showcase at New Ashgate Gallery Farnham

2014       Surrey Artists Open Studios at Tilthams Farm

2014       Ochre Open Exhibition, Lockwood, Guildford

2014       Selected Open exhibition, Jam Art Centre, Oxford

2014       Ochre Print Studio at Cranleigh Arts Centre

2014       Jeannie Avent Gallery, East Dulwich, London


Awards and Grants

2014       Printmakers Council Award, Ochre Print Studio Open Exhibition

2009       Arts Council England, Guildford Borough Council, Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council

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